RARE PRE CONTACT ANCIENT HAWAII JET BLACK KAUILA WOOD TAPA BEATER
14.5" Length x 1" Diameter
About Tapa Cloth and Beaters ( Arts and Crafts of Hawaii, Sir Peter H. Buck) :
"Within Polynesia itself, though Tahitian tapa was held in high regard by Cook and other writers, the Hawaiian bark cloth (Kapa) displays the greatest varieties of texture and colored designs. In its manufacture, the Hawaiians developped some forms of technique not used elsewhere. Among these local developments was the extensive use of beaters with a variety of incised patterns that produced watermarks on the finished cloth, differing from the usual parallellines made by the beaters of central and eastern Polynesia." The use of bamboo stamps to impress
color designs on the cloth was also confined to Hawaii; and in vegetable dyes, the Hawaiians had a green dye and a blue dye that have not been described for any other part of Polynesia." "I'e kukum used in the second process of beating, had a quadrangular blade with four surfaces of equal width. The handle (ku'au) was trimmed on the round, and narrowed gradually from the blade junction to end in a blunt point. The edges formed by trimming down the wood are not smoothed out and this characteristic, together with the narrow pointed end, is typical of Hawaiian beaters and distinguishes them from other Polynesian beaters, which have the handles smoothed on the round and usually flared at the end.